The Dubuque Fighting Saints turned every stone between Southern Florida and Northern Alberta to help shape their future roster.
Dubuque general manager Kalle Larsson selected six forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender on Monday night in Phase I of the United States Hockey League Draft. Monday’s draft featured only players born in 2003. They will likely end up on teams’ affiliates list this fall and be tracked for future service in the USHL.
“Even though we were picking at No. 5, we still got the No. 1 guys on our draft board at forward, goalie and defense in the first three rounds, so we’re really excited,” Larsson said. “All 10 rounds we got players who will make good Fighting Saints. We missed out on one player we thought we could get in the late rounds, but, other than that, it pretty much went to plan.”
Phase II of the USHL Draft begins at 10 a.m. today and includes all players with Junior hockey eligibility remaining.
Here is a capsule look at the players Dubuque selected on Monday night:
Kenny Connors — The Saints selected the 6-foot, 170-pound center from Glen Mills, Pa., in the first round, No. 5 overall. The University of Massachusetts commit tallied 22 goals and 52 points in 41 games for the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers organization this season.
Hobie Hedquist — A 6-1, 164-pound goaltender from Heron Lake, Minn., he posted a 1.76 goals against average in nine games for the Sioux Falls Power U16 team. Dubuque took the Colorado College recruit in the second round, 20th overall.
Max Burkholder — A 5-8, 161-pound right defenseman from Chaska, Minn., he tallied three goals and 10 points in 14 games for the MNBEL Penguins this season. Also a Colorado College recruit, he was taken in the third round, 36th overall.
Nick Roukounakis — Dubuque took the 6-foot, 224-pound left wing from Pembroke, Mass., in the fourth round, 51st overall. He played prep school hockey at Thayer Academy this season and is committed to play at Boston University.
Riley Rosenthal — In the fifth round, 66th overall, the Saints selected the 6-2, 220-pound right defenseman from Coral Springs, Fla. He tallied 11 goals and 54 points in 60 games for the South Florida Hockey Academy.
Max Montes — The 5-7, 146-pound center from Milwaukee went in the sixth round, 81st overall. He contributed 21 goals and 41 points in 36 games for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals program.
Myles Hilman — In the seventh round, 101st overall, Dubuque selected the 5-7, 159-pound forward from Sylvan Lake, Alberta. He recorded 25 goals and 58 points in 36 games for the Northern Alberta Extreme, the same organization that produced Saints affiliates list players Michael Benning and Carter Savoie.
Connor Kurth — A 5-11, 180-pound forward from White Bear Lake, Minn., he tallied 15 goals and 29 points in 13 games for the Gentry Academy and 13 goals and 29 points for the MNBEL Kings this season. Dubuque took him in the eighth round, 111th overall.
Ryan Del Monte — A 5-10, 149-pound center from Mississauga, Ontario, he went in the ninth round, 126th overall. The Harvard University recruit tallied 24 goals and 69 points in 42 games for the Toronto Nationals Minor Midget team this season.
Declan Loughnane — The Saints took the 5-11, 175-pound right defenseman from Milton, Mass., in the 10th round, 141st overall. He played for the Boston College High School team this season.